"Monday's Not Coming"

Monday Charles has gone missing. Vanished out of thin air. Not even her mother or sisters seem to care. So begins “Monday’s Not Coming,” by Tiffany D. Jackson.

Claudia, Monday's friend, cares however. Monday was always there for her. Monday helped her with school and bullies. They did everything together, school and activities. How could Monday just leave without word? And why doesn’t anyone else care?

Claudia doesn't understand, but she knows something is wrong. Monday would never do that to her. She would never leave her to take on this terrible world without her. With more determination than ever, Claudia will investigate into the disappearance of her one and only friend. She will uncover the secrets, lies, and the hard truth of what really happened to Monday.

This book was a gripping and relentless story of one teenage girl's disappearance and the traumatic effects of truth. It honestly caught me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to enjoy the book so much. It was utterly devastating — dark, intense, and it messed with my mind on multiple levels.

The various relationships and characters were superbly written, with voices brilliantly human and real. My heart broke reading "Monday is Missing."

I will say that I wasn't the biggest fan of the structure of the book and therefore found the timeline a little hard to follow. However, that aside, I think this is an interesting, relevant and important novel, one that was a roller coaster from first page to last.